X. INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION
2003 : Report on International Religious Freedom
Annual Report on International Religious Freedom,
2003 released by the Government of the United States of America
made the following remarks with regards to the imposition of Hindutava
idealogy in India and its subsequent dangerous trends:
The report stated that
“there was a gradual but continual institutionalisation of Hindutva. This
manifests itself through the spread of anti-conversion laws in some
states, the rewriting of textbooks in favour of Hindu extremists'
interpretations of history and illegal surveys of Christians by police in
some areas of Gujarat to collect statistical information not sought from
other religious groups”
The report further mentions
that the Gujarat State Higher Secondary Board (GSHSB), to which nearly 98
percent of schools in Gujarat belong, uses certain textbooks in which
Nazism is condoned.
It stated that Gujarat government had aggressively surveyed
Christian families and Christian agencies during the reporting period,
allegedly under the orders of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The survey
activities were carried out by police, often in the middle of the night.
The report highlighted an
incident in October 2002, wherein the Gujarat Minister for Social Justice
and Empowerment, Karsan Patel, instructed 400 Dangs tribal children, who
were boarders at a Christian school in Subir “to decide whether they
want to live as Hindus or die as Christians?”
The report also
brought to light with regards to the communal carnage of 2002, the
ineffective investigation and prosecution of attacks on religious
minorities extremists. It added that this was a signal that such violence
may be committed with impunity.
Thus, this report
highlighted the intolerance displayed by the Modi government and his brand
of VHP, RSS etc supporters towards minorities and the unconstitutional
means adopted by them.
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